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SCUTTLEBUTT 3359 - Thursday, June 9, 2011
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CHALLENGING CONDITIONS ON DAY 3 SAIL FOR GOLD
Weymouth, U.K. (June 8, 2011) - It was another ripping windy day at Skandia
Sail for Gold for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. With wind speeds in the
upper 20s and a building sea, athletes' fitness were tested in the big
conditions. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics holds nine top-10 positions across
10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes: 2.4mR, SKUD-18, Sonar, Finn, Laser
Radial, Star, Women's 470, and both Women's Match Racing teams saw wins in
the Gold Round.
Scoring two straight match racing wins was Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.),
Alana O'Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami,
Fla.). They defeated the Dutch and French teams. Anna Tunnicliffe
(Plantation, Fla.) with Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie
Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) went 1 win, 1 loss. Racing in the Gold Round
In the Women's 470 class, Erin Maxwell (Wilton, Conn.) and Isabelle
Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y,) are in 9th overall with scores today of
15-17. Amanda Clark, 2008 Olympic representative in the Women's 470, with
new crew Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) scored a regatta-best third
place in race 6.
With a 4th and 8th finishes, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) continued to
prove her strength in the Laser Radial fleet. She is in 7th overall.
2008 Olympic Finn Silver Medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) started the
day with a 4th in race 4, then followed it up with a 3rd. Currently in 6th
overall, he credited an improved fitness level for boosting his power in the
bigger breeze. Railey posted to his blog, "4 and 3 in today's races!! Huge
improvement from yesterday, looking forward to tomorrow."
From the American Laser competition, Clay Johnson said, "We had a really
late start yesterday and had to do three races. Two races today, puffs into
the 20s, big waves. It's not the way I wanted to spend the last 24 hours,
but we're halfway through the regatta. I hope I made gold fleet and anything
can happen. Brad is sailing really well and he's not making many results.
He's going to be hard to beat. Rob is sailing well too and it's going to be
the three of us duking it out."
Event website: http://www.skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk/
U.S. reports: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011/SFG.htm
DAY 1 SUCCESS FOR GILMOUR AT KOREA MATCH CUP
Gyeonggi Province, Korea (8 June, 2011) - Four-time Match Racing World
Champion Peter Gilmour emerged as one of the on-form skippers in a feisty
first day of racing at the Korea Match Cup. Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing
finished the first Qualifying Session with four wins from five races
including important victories over fellow countryman Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The
Wave Muscat, and Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing.
Over nine flights were raced and with a light breeze of around six to 12
knots, the sailors' skills were put to the test as they went head-to-head in
the specially-designed KM36 yachts.
Gilmour, one of the most respected and feared competitors on the Tour, was
only defeated by last year's Korea Match Cup winner Mathieu Richard (FRA)
French Match Racing Team and finishes the day at the top of the scoreboard.
"It was a good first day for us with plenty of action," said Gilmour. "It's
pretty brutal out there. You make one mistake and the other guys will pounce
on you. The key is definitely to sail clean and slick. It's early days but
we're feeling pretty good after day one." -- Full report:
Standings After First Qualifying Session
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 4-1
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing 3-1
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 3-1
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat 3-2
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 3-2
Bjorn Hansen (DEN) Mekonomen Sailing Team 2-2
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 2-2
Paul Campbell-James (GBR) Dream Team 2-3
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 2-3
Reuben Corbett (NZL) AON Racing Team 1-2
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 1-4
Sung Wook Kim (KOR) Busan Match Team 0-3
BACKGROUND: The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional
sailing series, featuring 9 events across the globe, sanctioned by the
International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with "Special Event" status. Prize
money is awarded for each event, with event points culminating in the
crowning of the "ISAF Match Racing World Champion". -- http://www.wmrt.com
ULLMAN-POWERED J/105 "GUMPTION 3" HITS THEIR GROOVE
When the sailing season kicked off this spring, Ullman Sails customer Kevin
Grainger and his team on J/105 "Gumption 3" hit the ground running. The East
Coast team won the inaugural Manhattan YC J/105 Regatta on the waters of the
Hudson River May 14-15, posting a solid score of 1-1-1-2 total for the
event. And last weekend "Gumption 3" won the Cedar Point YC One Design
Regatta in Connecticut, claiming first place with 10 total points in the
small but competitive 9-boat fleet. "Gumption 3" competes with the complete
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2500 CVS & STLL COUNTING
By Michelle Slade
It's business as usual at 160 Pacific Ave, downtown San Francisco, home to
the 40-50 employees of the America's Cup - both AC Event Authority (ACEA)
and AC Race Management (ACRM). Still running on a somewhat "skeleton" staff
and in "start-up" mode, finding qualified individuals willing to risk the
security of their current comfy job for the wild waters of the America's Cup
is the least of the challenges facing the administration of this next Cup
So, why do people leave a perfectly good job to come work for the Cup?
A perfectly good question, says Ron Coverson, ACEA's energetic and engaging
Director, Human Resources.
"There's two answers, the first is, there really isn't such a thing as a
secure job in America anymore, it's mythical, the second is that there is a
huge number of people who love sports and they're the ones who address that
up front in their cover letters to ACEA," Coverson explained. "We get, 'My
dad was a sailor, I was a junior sailor, I want to get involved,' - that's
at least 60% of the conversation right there."
Coverson, a HR professional for the past 18 years in various capacities, had
no qualms in leaving his perfectly great job as HR Director at Stanford
University's Athletic Department to jump on the Cup ride.
"When I heard about the position with the Cup, I enquired, we went back and
forth, and they made me an offer. This is an excellent segue to being a
general manager in the sports management world or pro sports or going back
into athletics as an athletic director. I love sports, there's nothing like
the excitement people have when they're around any kind of sporting event."
Others clearly feel the same way as Coverson, as he's had some 2500 resumes
cross his desk since he was hired three months ago. "It's a phenomenal
amount of CVs. We're getting some amazing talent - even when it's a 2-3 year
job with the Cup, max. I hate to say to someone you didn't get the job
because we've really talked to so many great people," Coverson said. -- Read
* With the first of the America's Cup World Series events starting in just
under two months in Cascais, Portugal, the recently announced format and
scoring for the 2011 America's Cup World Series events (Regatta Notice No.
27 link on the official America's Cup website) ensures teams will have the
opportunity for a maximum number of races at each event, in turn providing
spectators both on site and watching via broadcast the ultimate formula for
an exciting series, according to PRO John Craig who will run the racing for
America's Cup Race Management.
"The races will be short (about 20 minutes) so this will put a premium on
starts. The format of both fleet and match racing allows teams to continue
to improve and develop their overall programs. Visually the end result will
be enhanced for both spectators and the television audience," Craig said. --
Official website: http://www.americascup.com
BACK TO THE FUTURE
By Kimball Livingston
What's a perfect Transpac ride? A lot depends on what you're doing, this
Philippe Kahn was plenty happy in 2009 when he and Mark Christiansen set a
new doublehanded record in an Open 50 named, as all the man's boats are
named, Pegasus. For 2011, however, the maestro of mobile software is going
After seven months in the shed at Dencho Marine, Kahn's Andrews 70 has been
"de-turboed" as he says: "We cut 12 feet off the mast, shortened the fin and
went to a smaller bulb with a few thousand pounds of lead in the bilge. We
also took out the bow sprit, and the new, shorter pole gybes easily inside
the forestay. Combine that with a simplified deck, and three to five of us
can handle her at full potential in 35 knots of wind. A perfect Transpac
Pegasus 70 is now close to the configuration of a stock Santa Cruz 70, Kahn
says. "We plan to sail her surfing to Honolulu like a Moore 24 as opposed to
sailing across the waves, reaching, like a Melges 24. I surf, and I love
surfing, and what we want is to have fair racing with the other 70s using
the Transpac ORR rating. We hope to get more people wanting to do this and
have some great Pacific Ocean sailing."
Gee, it seems only yesterday that the cool thing was to go "turbo."
The upper end of the fleet for the 2011 race has seven 70-footers entered,
two 68-footers and, of course, good ole Ragtime. The fleet has two starts,
July 4 and July 8, and no one is more qualified to decide how he wants to do
it "this time" than Philippe Kahn. He has sailed 12 races to Hawaii, three
of them doublehanded. The new record he set in 2009 with Christiansen stands
at 7 days, 19 hours, which got them to the Diamond Head Buoy ahead of all
the 70s, turboed or un, and lopped two days off the doublehanded record.
He was already a more accomplished sailor-competitor than most, years ago,
when he declared to your reporter, "I have to learn how to sail before I
ROUTE: The 2225 nm Transpac Race begins near Point Fermin off the coast of
Los Angeles, California, and then heads across the Pacific Ocean to the
finish line near Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii. Event website:
SENIOR & MASTERS SABOT NATIONALS
(June 8, 2011) - The Senior & Masters Sabot Nationals for the International
Naples Sabot Association (I.N.S.A.) were hosted in Newport Harbor by Balboa
Yacht Club last weekend. Starting in 1946, I.N.S.A has been holding a
competition for the adults who race the single
mast, single sail, one person boats. Many of the current racers are
following their parents' and
grandparents' example by racing in the 8 foot long boats.
There were a total of 37 competitors in this year's competition from six
yacht clubs, including 11 in the Senior Class (over 18 years), 19 in the
Masters Class (over 40), four in the Grand Masters (over 65) and three in
the Clydesdale Class (weighing over 200 pounds). Both the youngest and one
of the oldest did well in this annual event. Caitlynn Ybarra from Balboa
Yacht Club has just recently become eligible to race as a Senior, (over 18)
and placed 3rd in her class. First place in the Grand Masters (over 65) was
Nancy Mellon, also from Balboa Yacht Club. Nancy has been able to sail in
that division for over fifteen years.
First place getters: Mark Gaudio, BCYC, in Seniors; Tom Newton, ABYC, in
Masters; Jeff McDermaid, ABYC, in Clydesdales. -- Full story:
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Jun 10-13 - Mills Trophy Race, Toledo, OH, USA
Jun 11 - The Leukemia Cup Regatta, Seattle, WA, USA
Jun 11-17 - Shark World Championship, Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada
Jun 11-17 - IOD World Championship, Marblehead, MA, USA
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INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
The Industry News category of the Scuttlebutt Forum provides an opportunity
for companies to announce new products and services. Here are some of recent
* Sailing DVDs
* New J/70 Speedster Sails 2012
* Top Volvo Syndicates Choose Navtec Race Hydraulics
View and/or post Industry News updates here:
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* San Diego, CA (June 8, 2011) - Day 3, race 5 of the Etchells Worlds
Championship started in 10 knots under cloudy skies, by race 6 the sun was
out and the breeze building. Racing was tight at the top of the fleet as
Vince Brun and Bill Hardesty continued to duke it out, switching places on
the leaderboard by day's end as Hardesty took another bullet in race 5, his
third in the series so far. Hardesty sits in first overall with 16 points,
Vince Brun in second with 20 points, Aussies Noel Drennan and Michael Hiatt
are third and fourth respectively with 30 and 37 points. Don Jesberg (USA)
sits in fifth with 41 points. -- Event website:
* (June 8, 2011) - At 0930 today, this year's edition of the Annapolis to
Newport race was officially over, with all boats finished or retired. The
last boat finished about 6:15am. The light winds resulted in 14 retirements
as people ran out of time. Competitors said they found the race a challenge,
tactically interesting and hardly anyone complained about the light wind. --
Results at event website:
* (June 7, 2011) - The 2011 Transpac Race Divisions and Boat Assignments
have been determined and can be viewed at
begins July 4 for divisions 6, 7 and Multihull, while Divisions 1-5 set off
on July 8. To date, 53 entries have been posted at the event website:
* (June 8, 2011) - The deadline for community organizations to apply for a
2011 Interlux Waterfront Challenge grant is August 31, 2011. The company
will award $50,000 in grants in October to organizations to create
sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities.
Eight grants from $4,500 to $20,000 will be awarded to groups in the U.S.,
Canada and the Caribbean. A five-judge panel of marine industry leaders -
with the help of boaters voting on Facebook for their favorite projects
among the applications - will select seven regional winners. -- Full story:
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Either submit comments by email or post them on the Forum. Submitted
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save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From William Sandberg, Riverside, CT:
Much has been written over the years in Scuttlebutt about junior sailing
rights and wrongs.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, check out the cover of June Southern
Boating--http://southernboating.com/. This picture is worth a million.
* From Mike Esposito:
In regards to the math confusion by a dermatologist quoted in The Los
Angeles Times' SPF story (S'butt 3357, pointed out by Richard Hinterhoeller
in S'butt 3358): The U.S. Military Academy at West Point's graduate with
the lowest academic standing in his or her class is called "The Goat"
(mocking the rival Navy mascot). The equivalent graduate in a U.S. Naval
Academy class is called "The Anchorman" (for obvious reasons). What do they
call the person who graduates last in their class from medical school?
* From Doug Simms (re, Scuttlebutt 3357):
Re California Senate Bill 623 on copper antifouling paint. This bill was
authored by Senator Kehoe from San Diego. I found a report on the internet
by two scientists that documented the copper levels in the San Diego Bay.
Since the highest levels were in marinas versus other shoreside facilities
they came to the conclusion that the copper was from the bottom paint. I
believe that this report is the basis for the legislation.
Although this legislation attempts to reduce toxic pollution in the coastal
waters, the way it is written, it will never succeed.
The owners of all boats that are in the water most of the time apply bottom
paint to prevent/reduce the growth of organisms, barnacles and corals, on
the underwater surface. The Bottom paint prevents growth by providing a
toxic environment on the underwater surface of the boat. Copper is the
current toxin and has been used for centuries. There are two problems that
prevent this legislation from working.
1. Currently available bottom paints, by design, slowly falls off taking
some copper with it. Thus dispersing the copper into the local environment.
If the copper in the bottom paint is replaced with another toxin this new
toxin will just be another source of pollution. The bill does not PREVENT
the use of toxins it only promotes "the use of nonbiocide alternative
paints". -- Full letter posted at: http://tinyurl.com/453rpux
The Mr. Bean Guide to Fun in an Elevator: Stand really close to someone,
sniffing them occasionally.
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